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Senate District S Update

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Good afternoon, The Legislature is at day 102 of the 121 day session. This week, the Senate Finance Committee heard the following bills; SB 149: Food Stamp Program Eligibility; SB 248: […]

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ARROW Program initiates Drone Operations in Yukon Kuskokwim to Boost Community Infrastructure and Safety

by Alaska DOT Staff The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF), under the US Department of Transportation’s Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grant Program, is excited to announce the deployment of the […]

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Senate District S Update

by Senator Lyman Hoffman Happy first Friday of April! Its day eighty-one at the capitol. The Senate Finance committee met on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week to hear bills working their way through the […]

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Funding secured to remove derelict barges in Steamboat Slough

Murkowski announces investments for YK Delta in six-bill appropriations package including funding for YKHC Employee Housing. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of the Interior-Environment Appropriations […]

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Moose taken during closed season

On October 14, 2023, while working on an unrelated case, AWT Bethel discovered a video of a moose being shined with an artificial light before being shot by someone from a boat. Utilizing multiple search […]

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Calista Corporation announces 2024 Spring Distribution

Over 37,300 Shareholders will receive 44th Distribution. Calista (cha-LIS-tah) Corporation’s largest-ever Shareholder distribution of $12.1 million will occur on or before April 19. This distribution is 7 percent larger than last year’s spring distribution of […]

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KuC brings Winter Carnival to Bethel

Sharon Chakuchin, a volunteer at the Winter Carnival, skiis with her 3 year old granddaughter Evelyn on the groomed ski trail by KUC. Photo by Beverly Hoffman by Theresa Quiner On February 17th, the University […]

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U.S. Representative Mary Peltola visits GCI

Representative tours facility, learns about the innovative supply chain program and meets graduates of GCI’s intern program, and learns more about industry efforts to close the digital divide. U.S. Representative Mary Peltola joined GCI to […]

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Wassillie is new Akiak Dash Champion

by Delta Discovery Staff Schouviller Wassillie Jr., a rookie from Akiachak, age 16, is the new 2024 Akiak Dash champion, congratulations to the Wassillie Family! He finished the race at 4:52pm in Bethel with eight […]

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Pave Hawk transported

Airmen from the 176th and 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadrons off-load an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from a 144th Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III after transporting the helicopter to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson from Bethel, Alaska. The […]

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Alexie of Kwethluk wins Holiday Classic

Alexie’s winning streak continues with 9th consecutive win Raymond Alexie of Kwethluk is continuing his winning streak with his ninth consecutive win at last weekend’s 50-mile Holiday Classic sled dog race, sponsored by the Kuskokwim […]

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Bethel City Clerk elected

Lori Strickler, MMC, City Clerk for the City of Bethel, was elected as First Vice President of the Alaska Association of Municipal Clerks (AAMC) on December 5, 2023, at the AAMC annual meeting held in […]

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Cama-i Dance Festival 2024

by the SouthWest Alaska Arts Group March 15-17, 2024 at the BRHS gym in Bethel Yuraq Paiciutekaput ~ Dance is Our Legacy In Yup’ik culture, we embrace each other with a warm and welcoming greeting […]

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Acclaimed Yup’ik artist Golga Oscar is the new Native arts coordinator at the Kuskokwim Campus

by Suzi Tanski Internationally acclaimed Yup’ik artist Golga Oscar joins the University of Alaska Fairbanks Kuskokwim Campus in December 2023. Oscar, who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts, […]

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Taste of Bethel welcomed back

Folks in Bethel were treated to exquisitely delicious worldwide cuisine at the 3rd Annual Taste of Bethel event, a fun and social time to sample different kinds of food from other countries and regions. Let’s […]

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Mountain Village man sentenced

This afternoon (Nov. 16, 2023), Bethel Superior Court Judge Nathaniel Peters sentenced now 21-year-old Raymond Landlord for the murder of 18-year-old Coy Bryan in 2018. Landlord pleaded guilty to Murder in the Second Degree in […]

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Alaska’s Minimum Wage will increase in 2024

The Alaska minimum wage will increase from $10.85 to $11.73 in 2024. In 2014, Alaska voters passed a ballot initiative to annually adjust the minimum wage for inflation. Alaska Statute 23.10.065(a) requires the Alaska minimum […]

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K300 increases for all 2023-24 Purses

by K300 Race Staff The Kuskokwim 300 Race Committee is proud to announce substantial, across the board increases to prize purses for all 2023-24 races. The K300 (scheduled for Friday, January 26) purse will increase […]

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Bethel Christmas Cookie Extravaganza

by Bev Hoffman For 30 years Bethel Christmas Cookie Bakers have been donating holiday delights to support programs at the YK Fitness Center Pool. The 30th annual YK Delta Lifesaver Christmas Cookie Extravaganza is happening […]

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2023 #BethelGives Campaign

by Bethel Community Services Foundation Bethel Community Services Foundation announces the beginning of the 2023 #BethelGives Campaign. The 2023 campaign is supporting nine local nonprofit organizations. Funds raised are divided up equitably among the participating […]

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United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds Bethel Field Hearing on historic salmon crash

by AVCP Staff The Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP) leadership, testified at today’s (November 10th, 2023) historic field hearing to urge federal lawmakers to help end the ongoing devasting salmon crisis in Alaska. AVCP […]

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Search for missing Marshall man

Michael Isaac, age 20, was reported missing to the Bethel Police Department on November 2nd, 2023. His family and BPD are asking the public for help finding him. He last spoke to his parents on […]

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Applicants for Bethel Superior Court

Three attorneys have applied for a position on the Bethel Superior Court. Applicants for the judgeships will be evaluated by the Council’s seven members (the chief justice, three non-attorney members, and three attorney members). Comprehensive […]

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AFN 2023 President’s Awards Honorees

Every year, the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) honors those who have made outstanding contributions to their families and the Native community. Please read on for a list of this year’s AFN President’s Awards honorees […]

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Drug detection dog joins Bethel PD

Bethel Police Department’s Sergeant William Charles and Zeus, a German Shepherd K9 Drug Detection dog have teamed up to serve the community of Bethel. Photo by Kelly Lincoln Zeus, a 2-year old German shepherd, is […]

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AVCP addresses NPFMC regarding chum bycatch

The Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP) CEO Vivian Korthuis provided the following statement to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council regarding Agenda Item C4: Chum salmon bycatch, October 6, 2023. Good afternoon, my name […]

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Aviation Investigation Preliminary Report

The National Transportation Safety Board released the preliminary report for the fatal aircraft crash that occurred on September 12, 2023 near St. Mary’s, Alaska that claimed the life of Bethel resident Gene Buzzy Peltola Jr. […]

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Bethel City Council Candidates

by K.J. Lincoln Bethel voters will go to the polls on October 3, 2023 to vote during the City of Bethel regular election. Four 2-year teams are up for election for the Bethel City Council. […]

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Foundation announces 2023 Individual Artist Awardees: 36 Alaska artists, makers and culture bearers

A dance teacher will explore Filipino folk-dance forms. A photographer plans to document his mother’s journey to her South Korea homeland. A cultural anthropologist will write a stage play about the women who portrayed Aunt Jemima. […]

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ANSEP’s Academic Year Acceleration Academy begins new school year with largest group of students in opportunity’s history

Enrollment for current school year is a 30% increase from last year. This school year, the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program’s Academic Year Acceleration Academy welcomes the largest-ever group of students and a nearly […]

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Seawall Sprint

The Bethel cross country races continue this season with the Seawall Race. The event took place on Friday, September 1st at the Riverview Park by the Lions Club. The first wave of runners featuring Intermediate […]

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Like a Mountain, She Creates Her Own Weather System: An Interview with Diane Carpenter, author of In the Winter of the Orange Snow

by Sandra Kleven Diane Carpenter and I were working against a deadline. Cirque Press had to get her memoir into print and hard copies into our hands in time to manage a formal release at […]

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Bethel Jury convicts elementary teacher

On Aug. 4, 2023, following a three-week trial, a Bethel jury found elementary school teacher John Mark Hammonds guilty of 14 counts of sexual felonies. Hammonds, 49, was an elementary school teacher and coach at […]

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Picking up litter after people is hard work

by the 2023 Summer ALPAR Youth Litter Patrollers 2023 Summer ALPAR Youth Litter Patrol’s Message for the community of Bethel, AK Despite this summer’s rainy season, our ALPAR Youth Litter Patrollers began working in July […]

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Mud Volleyball Fundraiser tournament results

by Joey Valadez Congratulations to Kiss My Ace, sponsored by Kusko Kush, for taking home the GOLD and regaining their title as the reigning B.V.E.S.A. Mud Volleyball Champions! This gives KMA their 4th Championship title […]

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ONC Board Election Results

The Orutsararmiut Native Council held their 2023 Annual Meeting on Saturday May 20, 2023. Nine eligible Tribal members ran to fill seats A, B, C, and D. Newly elected members are: Gage Hoffman, Seat A; […]

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GCI crews travel throughout Alaska’s Y-K Delta to fine-tune route for high-speed AIRRAQ fiber network

Crews visit communities; lean on local knowledge to chart the path. Highly-detailed fiber route surveys are underway for the AIRRAQ Network, a project that launched earlier this year and is poised to close the digital […]

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STEM Employment Opportunities for Alaska Native Students

The Department of the Interior and the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) today (July 13th, 2023) announced a new partnership that will increase employment opportunities for Alaska Native youth […]

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Bethel 2023 Half Marathon Results

The 21st annual Bethel Half Marathon for 2023 is in the books, congratulations to all the runners, walkers, bikers, and relayers. Coming in first for the ladies was Elizabeth Lapointe of Montreal, Canada. She finished […]

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Nominations open for 2023 AVCP Awards

Nomination categories include: Culture Bearer: Recognizes an Alaska Native who demonstrates strong involvement in the arts. Individuals nominated for this award may be involved in theater, music, dance, painting, sculpture, or storytelling. This award can […]

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BVESA to host Mud Volleyball tournament fundraiser

by Joey Valadez B.V.E.S.A.’s Annual 8-on-8 Mud Volleyball Tournament is set for Saturday, July 15th in Bethel, Alaska. For those not familiar with B.V.E.S.A., it stands for the Bethel Volunteer Emergency Services Association and is […]

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City joins lawsuit in support of an updated EIS for groundfish catch limits in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

The federal government’s failure to responsibly manage commercial trawling is literally having an adverse downstream impact on the City’s tax base and residents. The Bethel City Council voted unanimously to support a resolution that directs […]

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Bethel PD receives violent crime reduction grant

by the Bethel Police Dept. The Bethel Police Department is pleased to announce it received a $200,000 Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative (RVCRI) grant. The funding will support a two-year program to combat violent crimes […]